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Botswana enters new phase of AIDS response

Botswana was the first country in eastern and southern Africa to provide free and universal treatment to people living with HIV

Botswana has reaffirmed its commitment to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 with the recent launch of two new five-year strategies. The third National Strategic Framework for HIV/AIDS and the Multi-sectoral Strategy for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases will until 2023 guide the government’s strategic…

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West and Central Africa: Young women more affected than young men

The difference observed in HIV prevalence between men and women in the 20−29 age group is greater than that observed in the Eastern and some Southern African countries

In Western and Central Africa (WCA), survey data suggest that HIV prevalence among women aged 20−29 years old is higher than men of the same age in all countries and between 5 and 9 times higher in some countries such as Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. By ages 40−49, men…

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UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the High Court of Botswana to repeal laws that criminalize and discriminate against LGBT people

UNAIDS has been working with LGBT groups, civil society organizations and other partners to promote a more enabling legal environment in the country

UNAIDS applauds the landmark decision of the High Court of Botswana to declare unconstitutional key provisions of Sections 164 and 167 of the Botswana Penal Code. Those provisions criminalized certain private sexual acts and have led to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Botswana.…

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Galvanizing global ambition to end the AIDS epidemic after a decade of progress

The report shows that progress has been most marked in eastern and southern Africa

A new report from the United Nations Secretary-General, Galvanizing global ambition to end the AIDS epidemic after a decade of progress, has been presented to United Nations Member States during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Member States gathered at the United Nations in New York, United…

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Model Drug Law for West Africa presented to ministers of health on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly

The model drug law provides concrete templates that countries can adapt to reform their drug laws—legal provisions and how they relate to international legal obligations

The West Africa Commission on Drugs, UNAIDS and the Global Commission on Drug Policy today presented the Model Drug Law for West Africa to ministers of health of the Economic Community of West African States. Drug laws in western Africa are not having the intended effect. Neither drug use nor…

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UNAIDS congratulates Michel Sidibé on his appointment as Minister of Health and Social Affairs of Mali

UNAIDS extends its heartfelt thanks to the Executive Director of UNAIDS for his outstanding contribution to the global response to HIV

UNAIDS congratulates Michel Sidibé on his appointment as the Minister of Health and Social Affairs of Mali. Mr Sidibé served as the Executive Director of UNAIDS for more than 10 years after being appointed as the second Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations in January 2009.…

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New survey results indicate that Nigeria has an HIV prevalence of 1.4%

Expanded data collection and analysis provides better understanding of HIV epidemic in Nigeria

Results released today by the Government of Nigeria indicate a national HIV prevalence in Nigeria of 1.4% among adults aged 15–49 years. Previous estimates had indicated a national HIV prevalence of 2.8%. UNAIDS and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS estimate that there are 1.9 million people living…

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On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS calls for greater action to protect young women and adolescent girls

Every day, 460 adolescent girls become infected with HIV and every week 350 adolescent girls die of AIDS-related illnesses

On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS is urging countries to step up and protect young women and adolescent girls from HIV. AIDS-related illnesses remain the leading cause of death for women aged 15–49 years globally. In 2017, 66% of new HIV infections among 10–19-year-olds were among females globally—in eastern and southern…

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UNAIDS welcomes large-scale HIV prevention trial results showing a 30% decline in the rate of new HIV infections

The study took place between 2013 and 2018 and included 21 urban communities in Zambia and South Africa, covering a total population of 1 million people

UNAIDS welcomes the results from the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial. The results showed a 30% decline in new HIV infections where HIV prevention, including home-based HIV counselling and testing, was provided, as well as referral to HIV care and treatment for people testing positive for HIV according to country guidelines.…

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Tanzanian and South African experts exchange expertise

The United Republic of Tanzania will take over the Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in August

A Tanzanian delegation touring South Africa has stressed the role of political leadership in the AIDS response and noted the importance of matching policies and legislation to the responses to HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Led by Oscar Rwegasira Mukasa, the Chair of the HIV and Narcotics Parliamentary Committee of the…